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Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Maci Morris adjusts to life overseas as pro basketball player in Italy

Just like her college days at Kentucky, Maci Morris is shooting the lights out as a professional basketball player in Italy. A two-time All-SEC performer who was one of the best shooters in Kentucky women’s hoops history, Morris is leading her team, USE Scotti Empoli, in scoring at 15.6 points per game while shooting 3-pointers at a 41 percent clip as of mid-February. She also received Player...

Jamie Vaught: On UK’s Maci Morris, the popular Calipari and a prediction on the UK-Tennessee game

It wasn’t that long ago when Bell County High School’s Maci Morris was burning the nets as one of the state’s top players en route to becoming Kentucky’s “Miss Basketball” in 2015. And now Morris, a 6-foot guard, is entering her third year at Kentucky after two productive seasons as a starter in helping the Wildcats to 25-8 and 22-11 records. After UK lost a couple of stars in Makayla Epps...

Jamie Vaught: Cool customer at the FT line, sophomore Morris saves Cats’ life in tourney

Some leftovers from Kentucky women’s NCAA hoops tournament this weekend in Lexington…. — UK heralded seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator were the dominating stars as they gunned in a combined 52 points – which is 71.2 percent of the total team scoring – in leading the Wildcats to a 73-70 win over a pesky Belmont squad Friday afternoon at historic Memorial Coliseum. Akhator also...

Jamie Vaught: Keyed by talented seniors Epps, Akhator, UK women enjoying a season to remember

When you reflect about the current version of UK women’s basketball team, you’d think about its two senior stars – 5-10 guard Makayla Epps and 6-3 forward Evelyn Akhator. And these two Sporting News pre-season All-Americans and All-SEC performers won’t be around much longer so enjoy while you can during the post-season tournament action. The duo of Epps and Akhator, along with its strong supporting...

Morris pours in 18 points, grabs nine boards to lead UK women to 64-60 win over Auburn

Maci Morris scored 18 points and had a career-high nine rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team won its fourth straight game, beating Auburn 64-60 in a back-and-forth contest on Sunday afternoon at Auburn Arena. Senior Makayla Epps had 17 points, and made three key plays for Kentucky in the second half. Twice, with the shot clock about to expire, Epps nailed three-point shots. Then, with...

Epps pours in 17 points, Cats use 26-3 second-quarter run to hold off Missouri by two

Senior Makayla Epps scored 17 points, and Kentucky took advantage of a 26-3 second-quarter run, then survived a late Missouri comeback, as the Wildcats held off the Tigers 64-62 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. Epps, the senior from Lebanon, Kentucky, also had grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in the victory. Epps’ fellow senior, Evelyn Akhator, had 14 points and a team-high...

Wildcats look to rebound from Duke loss in SEC road opener against Tennessee

After navigating through the nation’s third-most difficult schedule thus far with nine non-conference wins, the No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team is set to begin Southeastern Conference play on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena against the Tennessee Lady Vols, who have won four straight games. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Pam Ward on play-by-play...

Cats go cold in second half, wrap up non-conference schedule with road loss to No. 15 Duke

Sophomore guard Taylor Murray scored 18 points, but the 17th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team lost to No. 15 Duke 69-54 on Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Makayla Epps had 12 points and Maci Morris added 11 for the Wildcats, who fell to 9-4 on the season. Evelyn Akhator had only one point, but did grab a season-high 15 rebounds. Kentucky went cold in the second half, hitting just...

Morris pours in career-best 29, but No. 15 Kentucky falls at home to Arizona State in OT

Sophomore guard Maci Morris scored a career-high 29 points, but it wasn’t enough to push the No. 15 Kentucky women’s basketball team past No. 23 Arizona State as the Sun Devils pulled out a 73-71 win in overtime at Rupp Arena. A season-high 13,225 fans packed into Rupp Arena and saw the Sun Devils take the lead 73-71 with just over five seconds left in the OT session, as Sophie Brunner threw up...

Top players: Epps, Thompson, Akhator, Morris named All-SEC performers

University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps, senior guard Janee Thompson, junior forward Evelyn Akhator and freshman guard Maci Morris have been named All-Southeastern Conference performers for their success on the court this season, the league office announced Tuesday. Epps was named to the All-SEC first team, becoming the third player in the Matthew Mitchell era to be named to the first team...

Career-high 17 points from freshman Morris catapults Cats to SEC road win over Bulldogs

Kentucky placed four players in double figures, as the 16th-ranked Wildcats beat No. 14 Mississippi State 83-60 on Thursday night in Starkville. Freshman Maci Morris led Kentucky with 17 points, while junior Makayla Epps scored 16 points for Kentucky, which won on the road for the second straight time to move to 18-6 overall and 7-6 in the SEC. Kentucky jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first quarter...

Jamie Vaught: Bell County product Morris adjusting well to pace, new role with Mitchell’s Wildcats

Over the years, UK has had a handful of Kentucky “Miss Basketball” players who went on to have productive careers as a Wildcat. With All-SEC junior guard Makayla Epps — who was 2013 Kentucky “Miss Basketball” — on the way to a very good career at Kentucky, we may add Maci Morris to the list, too. The 6-0 guard, who was 2015 Kentucky “Miss Basketball,”...

Jamie Vaught: Bell County product Morris latest star from mountains to join UK Hoops

Bell County star Maci Morris comes from a basketball playing family as both her parents played in college (Jamie Vaught Photo)   In 40 years of UK varsity women’s basketball, the Wildcats — formerly called the Lady Kats — have featured a share of players from mountainous southeast Kentucky such as Stacey Reed (London), Sarah Elliott (McKee) and Geri Grigsby (East McDowell), among...

Jamie Vaught: Bell County product Morris latest star from mountains to join UK Hoops

Bell County star Maci Morris comes from a basketball playing family as both her parents played in college (Jamie Vaught Photo)   In 40 years of UK varsity women’s basketball, the Wildcats — formerly called the Lady Kats — have featured a share of players from mountainous southeast Kentucky such as Stacey Reed (London), Sarah Elliott (McKee) and Geri Grigsby (East McDowell), among...